Advocacy groups, bar owners, police share common message for St. Paddy’s weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – It’s that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us again.

“This is the busiest day of the year by far, St. Patrick’s Day is,” said David Morris owner of Piper Down Pub in Salt Lake City. “It’s St.  Patrick’s Day, you need to have a shot of whiskey and a Guinness and party and hang out.”

Morris wants you to celebrate, but also understand your limits.

“Don’t drive, it’s just, it makes no sense. St. Patrick’s Day, come to the bar and know you’re gonna have more than two drinks, if you have more than just two drinks, just don’t drive,” said Morris.

Art Brown from Mothers Against Drunk Driving agrees.

“No objects to partying, but you really have to find a safe way home, among the many alternatives. … don’t ruin someone else’s celebration,” said Brown president of Mothers Against Drink Driving, Utah Chapter.

Utah Highway Patrol says last year they had 55 arrests on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and that this year they’re rolling out increased DUI patrols and adding 100 extra hours for shifts.

Back at the bars, they say just be smart.

“I posted [on Facebook], if you get a DUI this weekend, you’re an idiot. Just unfriend me. Uber, Lyft, walk, dance, drink, eat, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,” said Morris.

AAA is offering a St. Patrick’s Day Tipsy Tow.
The will start 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and run through 6 a.m. Sunday, March 18.

To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow. Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. 

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